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To Pimp A ButterflyTo Pimp a Butterfly is the third studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album was recorded in studios throughout the United States, with executive production from Dr. Dre and Anthony Top Dawg Tiffith. Boi-1da, Flying Lotus, Terrace Martin, Pharrell Williams, Knxwledge, Sounwave, Thundercat and several other hip hop producers also contributed. The album is influenced by aspects of funk, jazz and spoken word.1. Wesley's Theory
2. For Free?
3. King Kunta
5. These Walls
8. For Sale?
10. Hood Politics
11. How Much A Dollar Cost
12. Complexion (A Zulu Love)
13. The Blacker The Berry
14. You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
16. Mortal Man$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Too Blessed To Be StressedToo Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life, the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good. I don't think I could have written anthemic songs like this if I hadn't made my last album, Thorn says of 2012's What the Hell is Goin On? Like 2010's autobiographical Pimps & Preachers, it was among its year's most played albums on Americana radio and contributed to Thorn's rapidly growing fan base. And Thorn followed that airplay success with his current AAA-radio hit version of Doctor My Eyes from April 2014's Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne. It helps that those big vocal hooks on Too Blessed To Be Stressed are being reinforced by the sound of Thorn's flexible and dynamic band, as they have been doing for years in concert. During their two decades in the club, theater and festival trenches, the four-piece and their frontman have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock n roll. These guys really bring my songs to life, says Thorn. A lot of albums sound like they're made by a singer with bored studio musicians. My albums sound they're played by a real blood-and-guts band because that s what we are. And when we get up on stage, people hear and see that.1. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
2. Too Blessed To Be Stressed
3. Everybody Needs Somebody
4. I Backslide On Friday
5. This Is A Real Goodbye
6. Mediocrity Is King
7. Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy
8. Get You A Healin'
9. Old Stray Dogs & Jesus
10. What Kind Of Roof Do You Live Under?
11. No Place I'd Rather Be$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HonestlyThe gentle force of Lalah Hathaway's unmistakable vocals ring true on Honestly, her seventh studio album and
follow up Lalah Hathaway Live, which won this year's Grammy® award for Best R&B album.
From collaborating with Pharrell Williams on the Hidden Figures soundtrack, to Kendrick Lamar's revolutionary To Pimp A Butterfly,
Hathaway's talents, like her father before her, are the favor of music greats and testament to her thriving 26-year
2. Don't Give Up
3. Change Ya Life
4. What U Need
5. Call On Me
6. Won't Let It Go
8. Y O Y
9. I Can't Wait$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trill O.G. The EpilogueTrill OG: The Epilogue is the fourth studio album by American rapper Bun B. The album features guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Lil' O, Pimp C, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Serani, Raekwon, Kobe, Royce da 5'9, C-Note, Big Hawk, Lil Boosie, E.S.G., Redman, Kirko Bangz, Devin the Dude, Trae tha Truth and Z-Ro among others.
Rapper Bun B (born Bernard Freeman) rose to fame in the duo UGK. Bun B and Pimp C formed UGK in the late '80s when their former crew, Four Black Ministers, fell apart. Based in Port Arthur, Texas, UGK signed with Jive, and with 1992's Too Hard to Swallow began a series of Southern gangsta rap albums that were successful sellers. Bun B formed the side project Mddl Fngz in 2000, but his main concern was still UGK. Things came to halt in 2003 when Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison on an aggravated gun assault charge. Bun B carried on solo, making numerous appearances on other artists' tracks and then in 2005 releasing both the mixtape Legends and his debut album, the Rap-a-Lot release Trill, a Top Ten hit. With Pimp C seeing early release in late 2005, Bun B returned to UGK and a self-titled double album from the duo dropped in 2007. Tragedy struck in early 2008 when Pimp C died suddenly, leaving Bun B to return to a solo career. His second solo album, II Trill, arrived that same year with his third, Trill O.G., following in 2010. In 2013 he closed the Trill series with the fourth and final effort, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue.
- David Jeffries (All Music Guide)1. The Best is Back
2. Care (Feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Pimp C)
3. Fire (Feat. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Serani)
4. No Competition (Feat. Raekwon & Kobe)
5. Don't Play With Me (Feat. Pimp C)
6. Gladiator (Feat. Royce da 5'9 & Redman)
8. Stop Playin' (Feat. Raekwon & Kobe)
10. Off Top (Feat. Max Frost)
11. Dippin' & Swervin'
12. On One (Feat. Gator Main & Devin the Dude)
13. The Legendary DJ Screw
14. Bye!$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-ONE-2016xThe Sneaker Pimps
Becoming X (Awaiting Repress)Direct Metal Mastering
On 1997's Becoming X, The U.K.-based Sneaker Pimps blend standard rock guitar parts with trip-hop beats and clear white-soul vocals, creating one of the most engaging byproducts of post-Portishead trip-hop. They brilliantly employ electronica's signifiers, jungle's rattle, trip-hop's dark churn, ambient's synth washes and hip-hop's samples here, all with a cool sense of the pop hook and an airy, urban atmosphere that makes for an exciting and entrancing listen.
For all the audiophiles out there One Little Indian is reissuing 38 classic albums using the newest technology in vinyl manufacturing; Half Speed Direct Metal Mastering. The groove is cut directly in copper metal. Transient response is greatly improved. Stampers are plated directly from the DMM Copper Master, eliminating two of the three plating steps required for lacquers. In short, DMM yields better detail resolution and a lower noise ratio. This is especially good for long play albums, or audiophile material. All albums are remastered direct from the original master tapes and pressed on 45RPM heavy weight 180g virgin vinyl audiophile discs. Your chance to pick up classic One Little Indian albums in the most lavish vinyl format available.LP 1
1. Low Place Like Home
2. Tesko Suicide
3. 6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit)
4. Becoming X
5. Spin Spin Sugar (Radio Mix)
6. Post Modern Sleaze (Flight From Nashville Mix)
2. Roll On
3. Wasted Early Sunday Morning
4. Walking Zero
5. How Do$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The RenaissanceQ-Tip's highly anticipated new album The Renaissance mixes soul beats, piano, guitars and his usual thought-provoking lyricism, which takes you on a trip from relationships and summer songs to social issues of late and has a kind of '90s over-all feel. Features the Norah Jones collaboration Life Is Better which serves as a tribute to all of Q-Tip's favorite rappers, including Biz Markie, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Easy-E, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Brand Nubian and Pimp C. Also features guest appearances from Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo and Amanda Diva.1. Johnny Is Dead
2. Won't Trade
3. Gettin' Up
9. Dance on Glass
10. Life Is Betta
12. Shaka$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hot RatsBy 1969, after releasing a 'mother lode' of Mothers of Invention classics, leader Frank Zappa was ready to breakthrough other musical barriers that were still holding popular music in a conservative headlock.
Being one if not the first album to be recorded using 16 tracks (twice the number being used at the time on both sides of the Atlantic), Hot Rats became a leading edge in both modern recording technology and the evolution of jazz/rock-fusion. Mostly instrumental, it features six original compositions; three loose jam pieces, the remainder being tight ensemble arrangements. Some of the finest players around come together in varying combinations, all-the-while showcasing Frank Zappa's guitar virtuosity.
Among others, Lowell George of Little Feat-fame lends guitar, jazz violinists extraordinaire Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty plus fellow Mother Ian Underwood's keyboard and woodwind work, complete the leader's advanced vision. Last but not least, the legendary Captain Beefheart brings his unique pipes to the infamous Willie The Pimp.
Soon to become a concert staple and fan favorite thereafter, Peaches En Regalia is truly a modern jazz standard, eventually covered by the likes of Phish and The Dixie Dregs. Also included are Son of Mr. Green Genes, Little Umbrellas, The Gumbo Variations and It Must Be A Camel. Mastered and cut directly from the original analog master tape by Bernie Grundman under the supervision of Gail Zappa.1. Peaches en Regalia
2. Willie the Pimp
3. Son of Mr. Green Genes
4. Little Umbrellas
5. The Gumbo Variations
6. It Must Be a Camel$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kid RockKid Rock is the self-titled sixth album by Kid Rock, originally released in 2003. It was critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, which named it one of the 50 Greatest Albums of 2003. This is the last album to feature material in the genres of rap metal and hip hop before Rock crossed over to more country rock. Black Bob and Jackson, Mississippi were recorded for his 1996 album Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp in 1995, but were left off the album. Feel Like Makin' Love, Cold and Empty, Intro, Hillbilly Stomp and Run Off to LA were recorded for the demo sessions for 2001's Cocky, but did not make the cut has well. Feel Like Makin' Love originally had Sheryl Crow on the song. Country singer Kenny Chesney co-wrote Cold and Empty.1. Rock N Roll Pain Train
2. Cadillac Pussy
3. Feel Like Makin' Love
4. Black Bob
5. Jackson, Mississippi
6. Cold And Empty
8. Rock N Roll
9. Hillbilly Stomp
10. I Am
11. Son of Detroit
12. Do It For You
13. Hard Night For Sarah
14. Run Off To LA
15. Single Father$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WonderworldLimited Edition 2x 7-Inch Vinyl
After the success of Nickodemus' Wonderworld compilation album, a limited-edition double 7 featuring 4 neverreleased favorites off the compilation. 1ST is the rolling dancefloor cut Los Tarantos from Nickodemus' MoonPeople album, followed by Los Angeles producer Yukicito's Mirage. Tal M Klein's remix of N'Dini featuringIsmael Kouyate on vocals starts the D side, while Nickodemus and Brian J (Pimps of Joytime)'s Wanted Man getstreatment by Nickodemus to round out the package.Single 1
1. Los Tarantos
2. Mirage (Yukicito Remix)
1. N'Dini (Tal M Klein Remix)
2. Wanted Man (Ska Version)$15.997 Vinyl Single - 2 Singles Sealed Buy Now
Exile On Coldharbour LaneWe live in a sick, sick world where every problem seems to be answered with a bomb and a band like ALL SAINTS get widespread respect. It's corrupted and mangled on every level; enough to make people turn to the church. Yet when that turns out to be nothing but a hotbed of hypocritical farce and unholy allegations, it's time for a new religion. Time for THE VERY REVEREND DOCTOR D WAYNE LOVE and his band, ALABAMA 3.
They spread their word via acid beats, bluesy harmonica and country sensibilities - and the word is Love. On 'Hypo Full Of Love (The 12-Step Plan)', a satire on a Minnesota rehabilitation programme, the Glaswegian D Wayne evangelises like he never set foot outside Texas: Make a searching inventory of all your good shit/Inventory taken you hand all that good shit over to me.
The whiskey-smooth vocals of LARRY LOVE - part cowboy and part pimp - are at their best on a cover of JOHN PRINE's 'Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness'. It's 'Mao Tse Tung Said', though, that's their finest moment, vicious in its attack of the 'change must come through the barrel of a gun' slogan and intrusively, intelligently insidious. Forget Jesus. All you need is Love. - -NME1. Converted
2. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
3. Woke Up This Morning
4. U Don't Dans 2 Tekno
5. Bourgeoisie Blues
6. Ain't Goin' To Goa
7. Mao Tse Tung Said
8. Hypo Full Of Love (The 12 Step Plan)
9. The Old Purple Tin (9% of Pure Heaven)
10. The Night We Nearly Got Busted
11. Sister Rosetta
12. Peace In The Valley$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Final Solution BrothermanHe was a pusher that became a preacher. A gangster pimp serving soup from the trunk of his Coup Deville. A mutant cross between Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. Everyman, our man on the street, Brotherman. Continuing a tradition that began with Sweet SweetbackÆs Baadasssss Song, and culminated with Shaft and Superfly, Brotherman was a blaxploitation film set to hit screens in 1975. Prior to the script being finished, the producers commissioned an original soundtrack to be performed by The Final Solution, a fledgling vocal group from ChicagoÆs west side. The ten-song album draws deeply from Curtis MayfieldÆs well, certainly, but the proof in the pudding is Carl WolfolkÆs unique guitar style, a combination of flamenco and funk that stabs around the four part harmonies.
In classic Numero fashion, before even one foot of film was shot, the plug was pulled and the movie was cancelled. Dragged around for 30 years by songwriter and arranger Wolfolk, the tapes of his lifeÆs work have finally been mixed, and the soundtrack album has been augmented to include two orchestrated instrumentals intended for the film.1. Brotherman
2. Never Coming Back Again
3. I Don't Care
4. Girl in My Life
5. Gotta Get Through to You
6. One Day
7. I'm Ready for Love
8. To See You Again
9. We Can Work It Out
10. Where There's a Will
11. Theme from Brotherman
12. No Place to Run$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987In 2004, the first volume of Wheedle's Groove shone a light on the formerly unheralded soul scene in 1960s and '70s Seattle, followed by a new album in 2008, and then an award winning feature-length documentary film. The on-going Wheedle's Groove series continues to present a vast chapter of the city's musical heritage that has little to do with long-haired rock dudes with guitars. No - in the world of Wheedle's Groove, platform shoes and pimp hats were the order of the day.
But unlike Volume I, Seattle's soul scene did not stop in 1975. A new volume, Wheedle's Groove Vol. II, documents the period from 1972 to 1987, when funk was superseded by disco and modern soul. Heading into the '80s, artists in the Emerald City caught wind of the hip-hop and electro scenes that were growing in bigger cities across America, and gave the music their own distinct spin.
As the years unfurl in the tracks of Wheedle's Groove Volume II, so does the recent history of American music, the songs tracing technological changes and social change, and music's move from the club to disco as live bands moved aside for DJs. Witness Septimus, on the cusp of both, blending a live drummer with a Roland drum machine and cutting 'Here I Go Again' on a disco-friendly 12" single.
Separated from the major centers of soul music, Seattle was a scene that developed out of the gaze of the mainstream music industry, but one that moved just as fast. As John Studamire of the band Priceless remembers, "A lot of the groups around town would have to incorporate that disco sound or you'd sound totally dated."
Seattle's size and location had a great effect on its sound. Artists on the scene were accustomed to playing small, discreetly segregated club shows and pressing short runs of 45s for local radio stations. Touring happened mostly on a regional scale and artists popped up in a variety of different bands. Fans of Volume I will recognize some familiar names here: Robbie Hill's Family Affair turn in the soul-jazz gem 'Don't Give Up' and Cold, Bold & Together present the undeniable vocal beauty of 'Let's Backtrack.'
Compiled and sequenced by Seattle's DJ Supreme La Rock, this 18-track compilation will also introduce you to the long-forgotten blue-eyed soul boy Don Brown ('Don't Lose Your Love') and frustrated talents Push, overlooked for record deals on account of singer "Big Joe" Erickson's larger-than-life heft ('You Turn Me On'). There's Frederick Robinson III and his gospel-funk protest tune 'Love One Another', Tony Benton of Teleclere being Seattle's answer to Prince ('Steal Your Love') and Seattle Mariners baseball star Lenny Randle recording a tribute to their infamous stadium.1. Epicentre - Get Off The Phone
2. Priceless - Love In Your Life
3. Don Brown - Don't Lose Your Love
4. Deuce featuring Clevon - Your Love Is Fine (Lovin' Fine)
5. Push - You Turn Me On (Portland Session)
6. Seattle Pure Dynamite - I Wonder Love
7. Septimus - Here I Go Again
8. Priceless - Look At Me
9. Lenny Randle & Ballplayers featuring Rashawna - Kingdome
10. Malik Din - Trouble In Mind
11. Romel Westwood - I'm Through With You
12. Teleclere - Steal Your Love
13. Steppen Stones - Darlin Oh Darlin
14. Cold, Bold & Together - Let's Backtrack
15. Unfinished Business - Holding On
16. Frederick Robinson III - Love One Another
17. Bernadette Bascom - I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love
18. Robbie Hill's Family Affair - Don't Give Up$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ClassicsClassics remains resolutely instrumental, but the band has introduced a wealth of new sounds, from acoustic and slide guitar to sleigh bells and cello. Their vastly improved production and writing makes this record a refinement of their art. Ratatat lay squealing metal harmonies over choppy Neptunes-style dance thumps, then break into pastoral waves of keyboard tone, riding dub tempos and hip-hop struts. They're crotch-pumping arena pimps and introverted minimalists... - Blender. Stroud and Mast have come up with some catchy melodies over light, snappy bass lines in what sounds like something tailored for the headphones - Urb. The band has toured with Interpol, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Stills, and Mouse On Mars.1. Montanita
6. Loud Pipes
10. Tacobel Canon
11. Truman$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feel Good (Pure Pleasure)Feel Good, not Curtis Mayfield's Superfly, is the sound of early-'70s pimping - even when the tempo slows down, which happens rarely, it's for a slow blues grind, not a ballad, and songs like Tina's Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid) make no apologies for mythologizing pimps. This results in a supremely sleazy, utterly addictive record, one that's relentless in its rhythms and fearless in its funk as Ike lays down nasty rock & roll guitar - check his solos on Feel Good, where he's as elastic as rubber - and Tina tears it up with pure, unbridled passion. Feel Good is quintessentially '70s - the fuzztoned funk practically conjures up platform shoes and mile-wide collars - but it doesn't belong to any one sound, it casually draws from Southern soul, James Brown funk, black pride, Superfly style and juke joint R&B, a sound that is uniquely identified with Ike & Tina. And while this contains no flat-out classics like Nutbush City Limits or Proud Mary as an album Feel Good undoubtedly ranks among their very best: it's a non-stop party.
- Ike Turner, Tina Turner (vocal) & band
Recording: March 1972 by Barry Keene, Ike Turner and Jim Saunders at Bolic Sound, Los Angeles
Production: Gerhard Augustin and Ike Turner
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Chopper
2. Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid)
3. Feel Good
4. I Like It
5. If You Can Hully Gully (I Can Hully Gully Too)
6. Black Coffee
7. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
8. If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
9. You Better Think Of Something
10. Bolic$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The History Of RockThe History of Rock is a compilation album originally released by Kid Rock in 2000, as the unofficial follow up to Devil Without a Cause. After acquiring the rights to his indie-label recordings, Rock decided to release a compilation of older material. The album contains material from the albums The Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp.1. Intro
2. American Bad Ass
3. Prodigal Son
5. Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp (feat. Joe C. and Tino)
6. Dark & Gray
7. 3 Sheets To the Wind (What's My Name?)
9. I Wanna Go Back
10. Ya' Keep On
11. Fuck That
12. Fuck U Blind
13. Born 2 B a Hick
14. My Oedipus Complex (feat. Twisted Brown Trucker)$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
First KissIncludes Bonus CD
Over his 25-year career, Kid Rock has been our Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, the Devil Without a Cause, the Cowboy, the Bullgod, the Rock N Roll Jesus, the American Bad Ass and, lest we forget, a proud Son Of Detroit. He's released 7 top 10 albums, sold over 25 million albums worldwide, and collaborated with a diverse range of artists- Hank Williams Jr., Eminem, Tim McGraw, R. Kelly, Bob Seger, and Sheryl Crow, to name a few. Rock has built his career on his own terms every step of the way, breaking down boundaries between rap, rock, and country. In doing so, he's become one of the most iconic artists of his generation, who continues to surprise after 9 studio albums.1. First Kiss
2. Good Times, Cheap Wine
3. Johnny Cash
4. Ain't Enough Whiskey
5. Drinking Beer With Dad
6. Good Time Lookin' for Me
7. Best of Me
8. One More Song
9. Jesus and Bocephus
10. FOAD (F*ck Off and Die)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Hard Times And Nursery RhymesLegendary Punk Rock Band's 1st Studio Record Since 2004
Group Embraces Gritty, Soulful Currents on Can't-Miss Set
Social Distortion's first new studio record in nearly six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes builds on singer Mike Ness twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of Exile On Main Streetâ€era Rolling Stones. While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortions anthemic songs, on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful albums of Ness career.
From opener California (Hustle and Flow), a song with enough attitude to redline a 40 Merc, to the dark rockin cover of Hank Williams' Alone and Forsaken, longtime fans will find the trademark punk roar they love. New fans, too, will be drawn to Ness maturing songwriting and vocals with an eye to his rock and roll legacy. Ness also produced Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (his first time at the production helm).
Cigar-puffing hoodlums, sleazy pimps, staggering winos, down-and-out blue-collar stiffs, on-the-run hustlers, wounded romantics, and spurned lovers are among the crowds that congregate on the street corners of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, one of the most consistent, complete, soulful, and tunefully gritty records of Social Distortions career. The set reflects the groups progressive embrace of organ into arrangements. As such, subtle spiritual undercurrents coarse through several tunes.
--Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 341. Road Zombie
2. California (Hustle and Flow)
3. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown
4. Diamond In The Rough
5. Machine Gun Blues
7. Far Side Of Nowhere
8. Alone And Forsaken
9. Writing On The Wall
10. Can't Take it with You
11. Still Alive$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
HumanureCattle Decapitation can be described as the bastard child of Cannibal Corpse and Carcass weaving a vicious blend of Gore-grind and Death Metal into complex structures with the end result being some of the most brutal and catchy songs written in the genre today. Cattle Decapitation takes a different approach to their song writing than most bands of the same sort that tend to focus mainly on fictional subject matter. The new album Humanure starts off where their debut album on Metal Blade To Serve Man left off, dealing with the rape of the earth, it's natural resources, and the unjust treatment of animals. Humanure will be the album that metalheads have been longing for; something as ferocious as Cannibal Corpse, something as gutturally disgusting as Carcass, something offensively disturbing as Autopsy, and something as politically charged as Napalm Death.
Hailing from San Diego, CA Cattle Decapitation originally formed in 1996. The lineup initially featured David Astor on bass and Gabe Serbian on drums, both of whom were then also members of the underground phenomena The Locust. Seeking a replacement for their original vocalist, the band turned to Travis Ryan, who had actually been playing drums for another San Diego metal band, Strangulation, in addition to serving as vocalist in a gore metal band called Anal Flatulence. With Ryan on board, Astor moved from bass to drums, and Serbian moved from drums to guitar. The 3-piece quickly released two albums, the Human Jerky LP (on the Nevada label Satan's Pimp) and the Homovore CD/LP. Next, they added a bassist, Troy Oftedal, with whom they recorded their third full-length, To Serve Man, released in the fall of 2002 on Metal Blade, a move that would expose them to more of a death metal-oriented audience (as opposed to the hardcore/grindcore one that they had mostly been playing to before). In 2002, the band added a second guitarist, Josh Elmore (formerly of 7000 Dying Rats), who eventually took over as the band's sole guitarist after Serbian left in order to devote himself more fully into the Locust.
Recorded with producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, WASP, Six Feet Under) Humanure will feature the latest addition to the band, drummer Michael Laughlin. The band parted ways with drummer David Astor in May of 2003 due to inability to live up to the obligations of touring and regular necessities of the band. Michael, previously of CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION, is most definitely a fitting replacement. Humanure has guest appearances by ex-members of the band including Gabe Serbian and the rest of his band The Locust and the original vocalist, Scott Miller.1. Scatology Domine (intro)
3. Reduced To Paste
4. Bukkake Tsunami
5. Cloacula: The Anthropophagic Copromantik
7. Applied Human Defragmentation
8. The Earthling
10. Lips & Assholes
11. Men Before Swine (outro)$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
13"Pimps whores pushers dopers gangsters and bottom of the human chain shit-heels. Now you're probably thinking I'm writing about major record companies and their unscrupulous executives and lawyers. You could be right but this time YOU'RE WRONG! I'm describing the characters in my album '13' Some I knew some I invented some are true some are false some I liked some I didn't. But they all had a story to tell and I told it none of 'em seem to care and I don't either have fun
- Lee Hazlewood
"He took my voice off the album and put his voice on the album. Now don't forget these were in my keys, it was my charts, it was my everything. Lee Hazlewood was not even remotely going to be considered as an artist for this album and that's the way he wanted it."
- Larry Marks
13 was never supposed to be a Lee Hazlewood album. It is perhaps the strangest record in one of the most varied discographies in music. The bombastic brass-heavy funk, deep blues and soul paired with Hazlewood's subterranean baritone would be best enjoyed with a tall Chivas in an off-strip seedy Vegas lounge. It also features one of Hazlewood's greatest lines ever "One week in San Francisco, existing on Nabisco, cookies and bad dreams, sad scenes and dodging paranoia."
By 1972 Lee Hazlewood had settled in his new homeland of Sweden. His days were spent carousing, making movies with Torbjörn Axelman and releasing albums. To keep up his prolific recorded output, Lee began to mine the recently defunct LHI Records archives for material. One such gem, was an unreleased album by Larry Marks.
In what became the final days of LHI, staff producer Larry Marks' sonic fingerprints were on nearly everything; songwriting, producing, arranging, and singing. His most profound contribution was steering the creative direction of the label towards soul and R&B, arranging the downright funky LHI singles by Barbara Randolph and Jon Christian. Larry's concept was to take Hazlewood's strongest compositions and arrange them in a soul vibe. An album was completed, but with no distribution in America and no funding, Lee had no vehicle to release Larry's record. The tapes were taken to Sweden, Larry's voice was wiped and Hazlewood's was dubbed .13 was born.1. You Look Like A Lady
2. Tulsa Sunday
3. Ten Or 11 Towns Ago
4. Toocie And The River
5. She Comes Running
6. Rosacoke Street
7. I Move Around
8. And I Loved You Then
9. Hej, Me I'm Riding
10. Cold Hard Times
12. The Start
13. Suzie$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-ELE-1952xMarina and The Diamonds
Electra HeartMarina and The Diamonds second album, Electra Heart, is not so much a creative leap forward, more an Olympian pole-vault over the bar of talented-newcomer into the global amphitheater of a cultivated Classic.
Two years on from her top 5 debut The Family Jewels (300,000 copies sold), the self-styled avant-garde D.I.Y artist has detonated her own experimental past and landed feet first in the future with Electra Heart, a stunningly ambitious, seamless, cohesive and confident sonic pulsar spinning between electro-pop euphoria and come-down melancholia. The album is produced by a cache of old school and A-List producers: Dr Luke (Katy Perry) and Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps) but mostly (9 out of 12 songs) Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Kylie) and Rick Nowels (Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Lykke Li). A hook-packed stunner with the sonic ambition of a one-woman Depeche Mode, her onetime theatrical vocals now effortlessly soar between spectral, commanding and towering power-pop, finding her vocal identity in an album about a loss of it.
Electra Heart is a thematic riot, a British Eccentric, 21st Century concept caper where the album title represents a series of female archetypes, not so much an alter-ego as a beautifully-constructed prism, through which Marina projects a series of meticulously-realized female characters as a foil for telling her story, the one about mismatched lovers.
Electra Heart marks the sophomore release from Marina and the Diamonds, aiming to make a big impact in the US as Marina breaks the mold with her Americana-ode to pop music and cultural stereotypes.1. Bubblegum Bitch
5. Starring Role
6. The State Of Dreaming
7. Power & Control
8. Sex Yeah
9. Teen Idle
10. Valley Of The Dolls
12. How To Be A Heartbreaker
14. Fear and Loathing$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Second Release From Swedish Electronic Pop Mastermind Erick Berglund AKA ceo, Formerly Of The Tough Alliance
The second stanza by The Tough Alliance mastermind and Sincerely Yours (jj, Air France) don, "the pimp, the whore, the John," Eric Berglund, is here.
Wonderland comes three short years after the ceo debut, White Magic, Berflund's stepping out, a decandent record of white gold riches and a life more
extraordinary, punctuated by highlights like Come With Me, Illuminata and the title track.
Wonderland, on the other hand is on some whole other level, a Technicolor elucidation of a fantasy ideal, a place in a dream from which you never
awake. The record stretches and threatens to buckle under the kind of dense emotional weight we only catch glimpses of in the world we know, which is
perhaps why Berglund had to find one in which these feelings can thrive. It's one that dives deep into the trenches of despair while also overflowing with a
kind of purity and joy one can only hope to experience in real life.
Production, aided by Dan Lissvik and Kendal Johansson, glimmers and glides as if from a futuristic utopian pop nirvana, touching on modern rap (Mirage),
lush, orchestral instrumentation (Harakiri, In a Bubble on a Stream) and gypsy trance (Wonderland.) There are details that enhance the enchantment, a
touch of strings here, a smattering of sampling there, but none of this would matter were it not for the songs so formidable, the hooks unassailable and the
extremely tender core.
Make no mistake about it, with Wonderland, ceo's poured every ounce of his heart and soul into this fantastical reality.1.Whorehouse
4. In a Bubble on a Stream
8. OMG$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Family Jewels on vinyl for the first time! Diamandis' debut studio album - it debuted at number five on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 27,618 copies, and was eventually certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Produced by Liam Howe (Ex-Sneaker Pimps), Biff Stannard (Kylie) and Pascal Gabriel (Ladyhawke), The Family Jewels is part autobiography/part fairytale with the sound ranging from the uber-shiny pop of "Shampain" to the fragile elegance of "Obsessions" and "Numb", the pop-punk of "Girls" and the joyful quirkiness of "Mowgli's Road" and "Hermit the Frog". This steely determination even fed into the production of the album with Marina making producer Liam Howe record 482 vocal takes for one song.
The end result is an album that functions as a fully formed piece of art. Heartbreaking and emotional at times as exemplified in "I Am Not A Robot", which reached no.26 in the UK Charts, Marina lays herself open and vulnerable for her fans, the diamonds.
Diamandis was ranked in second place on the Sound of 2010 poll organised by BBC, behind English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. Mowgli's Road was released as the lead single from Diamandis' debut studio album on 13 November 2009. It was followed by Hollywood on 1 February, which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.1. Are You Satisfied?
3. I Am Not A Robot
5. Mowgli's Road
9. The Outsider
11. Hermit The Frog
12. Oh No!
14. Numb$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like Water For ChocolateCommon spent the '90s carrying the Native Tongues torch through an era dominated by gangsta rap, earning a sizable underground following. Positive-minded alternative rap came back into vogue by the new millennium, and Common managed to land with major label MCA for 2000's Like Water for Chocolate. The album established him as a leading figure of alternative rap's second generation, not just because of the best promotion he'd ever had, but also because it was his great musical leap forward, building on the strides of One Day It'll All Make Sense. There's production work by the Roots' ?uestlove, neo-soul auteur D'Angelo, the Soulquarians, and DJ Premier. But the vast majority of the album was handled by Slum Village's Jay Dee, and his thick, mellow, soul- and jazz-inflected sonics make Like Water for Chocolate one of the richest-sounding albums of the new underground movement. Common isn't always a master technician on the mic, but it hardly matters when the music serves his deeply spiritual vision and smooth-flowing raps so effectively. The singles The Light and The 6th Sense are quintessential Common, uplifting and thoughtful, and helped bring him a whole new audience. They're well complemented by the slinky, jazzy funk and lush neo-soul ballads that make up the record. Not everything is sweetness and utopia, either; Common sends up his own progressive image on A Film Called (Pimp), which features a hilarious guest appearance by MC Lyte, and spins a gripping first-person tale of revenge on the streets on Payback Is a Grandmother (though the tougher Dooinit feels a bit forced). The album could have been trimmed a bit to keep its momentum going, but on the whole, Like Water for Chocolate is a major statement from an artist whose true importance was just coming into focus.
- Steve Huey (All Music)1. Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)
3. Cold Blooded
5. The Light
6. Funky for You
7. The Questions
8. Time Travelin' Reprise
9. The 6th Sense
10. A Film Called (Pimp)
11. Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)
13. Payback Is a Grandmother
14. Geto Heaven, Pt. 2
15. A Song for Assata
16. Pops Rap III...All My Children$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ALMI-FRE-6756xThe Hold Steady
Separation SundayPressed On White Vinyl
Remastered From The Original Tapes
First Time Released On Vinyl In Over 10 Years
Separation Sunday is the second studio album by The Hold Steady, originally released on May 3, 2005 through Frenchkiss Records. A concept album, Separation Sunday follows the stories of Craig (the narrator), Holly (short for Halleluiah), a sometimes addict, sometimes prostitute, sometimes born again Christian/Catholic (and sometimes all three simultaneously); Charlemagne, a pimp; and Gideon, a skinhead, as they travel from city to city and party to party. (All three characters made appearances on the band's previous album, Almost Killed Me, and reappear in First Night, and Same Kooks on Boys and Girls in America, and then again in Ask Her For Adderall, a bonus track from Stay Positive.)
Separation Sunday is lyrically dense, full of Biblical allusions, intertextual and self references (e.g., in Don't Let Me Explode, when Holly is asked about Charlemagne, she just smiled all polite-like and said something vague; in Almost Killed Me's closing track, Killer Parties, the narrator instructs listeners, If they ask about Charlemagne/Be polite, say something vague), word play, and puns (Stevie Nix: She got screwed up by religion/she got screwed by soccer players). Vocalist/songwriter Craig Finn typically delivers these lyrics in a distinct flavor of sing-speak.
Musically, Separation Sunday engages Classic rock motifs -- guitar solos, riff-based structures, use of piano and organ, and guitar harmony. Structurally, however, most songs eschew the standard verse-chorus-verse song structure, frequently foregoing choruses or refrains altogether. In a review of the album, Blender described The Hold Steady as sound[ing] like the best bar band in the world.1. Hornets! Hornets!
2. Cattle and the Creeping Things
3. Your Little Hoodrat Friend
4. Banging Camp
5. Charlemagne In Sweatpants
6. Stevie Nix
7. Multitude of Casualties
8. Don't Let Me Explode
9. Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
10. Crucifixion Cruise
11. How a Resurrection Really Feels$21.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now